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Geagea says he escaped assassination attempt

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea on Wednesday said that “shots were fired by snipers [at me] and it seems that there was more than one [gunman],” in reference to the gunfire that targeted his Maarab residence earlier in the day.

"I heard two shots, so I dropped to the ground," he said, adding that the bullets puntered the wall of his residence while he was walking outside accompanied by bodyguards.

The LF leader drew parallels between the incident and the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, adding that the event fell within the context of the series of assassinations that plagued the country “for 40 years.”

“There are similarities between the two assassination attempts regardless of the differences in characters and circumstances,” Geagea said, adding that “for 40 years they [used] assassinations to respond to [our political stances].”

He added that the perpetrators were professional, saying that he is “awaiting the results of the investigation,” into the incident.

“I do not accuse any particular group [of involvement in the shooting incident]."

The LF leader also said that Lebanese security forces were cooperative “and immediately informed [Lebanese] army chief [Jean Kahwaji] about the incident [and] sent an investigative team.”

Geagea voiced his concern that political assassinations would resume in Lebanon.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Lebanese Forces issued a statement that shots were fired toward Geagea’s residence.

March 14 condemned the shooting, saying that it “stands [as one] by the LF and its leader.”

-NOW Lebanon

  • Yusef

    ""stands [as one] by the LF and its leader""? Why did you add the [as one]?

    May 2, 2012

  • abdallah

    if he was supposed to die he would be dead... this was a warning.

    April 6, 2012